Your teeth are subject to daily wear and tear with age and use. Regular brushing, flossing and dental cleaning help maintain the health and strength of your teeth, but specialized treatments are needed to restore the shape and structure of damaged teeth.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover or cap that is placed over a damaged tooth to protect it and also help restore its size, shape and appearance. Crowns are generally manufactured using tough, yet natural looking materials such as porcelain or ceramic.
Crowns can be used as:
A dental bridge is used to bridge gaps caused by missing teeth. They span the space between the missing teeth and are fixed or cemented to your natural teeth or the implants on either side of the empty space. These teeth are covered with crowns and serve as anchors for the bridge, which will be covered with crowns that will act as replacement teeth. Similar to crowns, bridges are also fixed into the teeth and can only be removed by a dentist.
The material of the bridge used depends upon a number of factors such as:
Generally, patients opt for porcelain or ceramic bridges, because they can be made to match the natural look and color of one’s teeth and do not give the appearance of replacement teeth.
Before a bridge or crown is placed, your teeth may have to be reduced in size in order to get the right fit. After this is done, an impression is taken for the laboratory where they will create your crown or bridge to match the natural color of your teeth.
This procedure takes a bit of time. Until the permanent crown or bridge is prepared, a temporary one is fitted to cover the area being repaired. Once the permanent device is ready, the temporary one is removed and the permanent one is cemented into place.
Maintaining a good oral hygiene regimen is essential to ensure the longevity of your bridge or crown. One should also avoid chewing very hard foods to prevent damage to a newly placed crown or bridge.
That is why at Northeast Dental Center, we offer dental crowns and bridges. Our bridges and crowns are shaped and colored to replicate the look and function of natural teeth. So if you are looking for a durable and natural looking solution to your lost or missing teeth, call our Northeast clinic at (215) 552-9800